Neel Jani joins Dragon for season four

Photo: Faraday Future Dragon Racing

Faraday Future Dragon Racing has signed Porsche factory driver and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Neel Jani for Formula E’s fourth season, replacing Loic Duval.

Jani, 33, worked his way up the single-seater ladder before making the switch to sportscars full-time in 2012, eventually joining Porsche in 2014.

Jani won Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016, and held the overall lap record at the Circuit de la Sarthe until this year, but was left without a full-time drive for next year when Porsche announced it would be closing its LMP1 programme in order to focus on a Formula E entry in season six.

Jani has beaten the manufacturer to the Formula E party, though, signing for Dragon in a deal announced by the team on Thursday night.

“I am thrilled to join the Faraday Future Dragon Racing team in the next season of the FIA Formula E Championship,” Jani said.

“I’ve recently tested the PENSKE EV-2 powered by Faraday Future and look forward to building my knowledge and experience with the team and competing in the acclaimed electric racing series.”

Duval has been known to be en route out of Dragon for some time, with the team reportedly planning to replace him mid-season with Esteban Gutierrez, only for contractual obligations to keep the Frenchman in a seat.

Jani will race alongside d’Ambrosio, who was firmed up for a fourth straight season with Dragon in the same announcement.

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